We hope 2016 has been great for you so far. It’s been pretty exciting for us, and today we can finally tell you about two of the big projects that we’ve been working on! Over the last few years our analog design team (Gregg and Josh) have been diligently working on technology that dramatically enhances the way pedals can be powered. We’re happy to announce our Zuma and Ojai high current DC effects pedal power supplies!
Like everything we work on—we only want to develop and release products where we truly believe we’re bringing something new to the world of musicians. And it helps if these projects are incredibly fun to work on! We’re still a super small group of engineers and music nerds, and like you we’re fanatical about sound and the creation of music.
Over the last several years, some of the most common questions we’ve been asked are related to power. How do I properly power my pedals? Why am I getting this strange noise? What’s isolated power? Should I daisy chain my pedals? What outlet should I use? Why can’t my power supply handle all of my pedals? Why did I just blow up my pedal?
We learned that many of our customers were not entirely happy with the power options that are available. We felt it was time for us to try something new and bring some different ideas and fresh technology to this arena.
You may not know this, but Strymon analog design gurus Gregg Stock and Josh Forbes collectively have an incredibly rich history designing power supply systems for a wide range of industries. From mission-critical power systems for the aerospace industry, to best-in-class power supplies for top-selling power amplifiers, studio monitors, guitar amplifiers, and more. Power is one of their true passions, and we want to bring this passion to the world of effects pedals.
This is an incredibly exciting intersection for us. To bring our power expertise the world of pedals, to eliminate the worry that goes into powering pedals properly, and to allow you to focus on being creative rather than thinking about power.
Zuma is the highest horsepower, most technologically advanced effects pedal power supply of its kind. You get 9 high-current, individually isolated, ultra-low-noise outputs, each providing a massive 500mA of current. The dual-stage topology, pre-regulated outputs, optically isolated feedback, and advanced multistage filtering allow your pedals to achieve their highest possible dynamic range. With automatic international power compatibility built-in, you can take Zuma to any stage in the world. Zuma is also part of an expandable system—you can add more outputs by connecting an Ojai (or even more than one Ojai) to the 24V Out jack.
Ojai is the highest horsepower, most technologically advanced effects pedal power supply of its size. You get clean, rock-steady power in a lightweight and expandable package, giving you flexibility and room to grow. Ojai has five high-current, individually isolated, ultra-low-noise outputs—each providing a huge 500mA of current. The breakthrough power technology within Ojai will allow your pedals to achieve their highest possible dynamic range. Like Zuma, Ojai can work on any stage anywhere in the world, and is part of an expandable and modular system.
Ojai will be available in Spring of 2016, for US $149. Zuma will be available in Summer of 2016, for US $249. International pricing is not yet announced. We’ll be adding more information, videos, and even a power white paper to our site in the coming weeks. If you’d like to be notified about exact availability, please sign up for our email newsletter.
Happy creating! – Ethan